Mid-Prairie High School finished seventh in the 11-team Invitational played at the West Liberty Golf Club Tuesday.
The competition was very good with quality 3A programs Central DeWitt and Clear Creek Amana in the field along with the usual solid River Valley Conference teams West Branch, Tipton and Wilton.
“We knew going in the competition would be tough and we would have to play well to place in the top five and without Monte Slabaugh, who was sick, everyone would have to play just a little bit better,” MP coach Kelby Bender said. “We didn’t get off to the start we wanted on the front but stuck with it. I thought we did a nice job of putting the slow start behind us and really played better on the back.”
The six golfers shot a combined 15 strokes better on the back nine.
“We fought through a little adversity and started showing some good things,” Bender said.
Noah Schlabaugh bounced back after a couple bad breaks and a 42 on the front to shoot a steady 39 with six pars on the back for his 81. He finished 11th individually, a stroke out of the top 10. Ryan Smit shot 41-45 for an 86 and tied for 14th out of the 64 golfers. Dominic McCain bounced back to shoot a 47 after a front-nine 50 to finish with a 97. Chaz Patterson and Kayden Reinier both card 98 followed by Abe Bender’s 103.
Mid-Prairie hosts its own invitational Tuesday.
The Wildcats hosted a triangular at Cedarcrest and the boys scored 180. Louisa-Muscatine and Iowa Mennonite did not have team scores.
Trevor Leyden of IMS was the medalist with a 42. London Schrock had a 48 and Cole Roth 49.
Tucker Bright led Columbus with a 43 and Evan Rees shot 44. Robert Coil had a 45 and Gustavo Anya shot 48.
The Columbus girls edged L-M 217-220.
Aubrey Duncan was the medalist with a 49. Kayla Beenen posted a 53, Jobie Lekwa 54 and Gracie Morrison 61.